All modules in German

The Language Centre offers different types of courses (for more information):

  • Integrated skills modules – beginner to advanced
  • Specific skills modules
  • Exam option modules
  • Guided independent learning with a tutor
  • Free independent learning

Take a look at the different courses and choose the one which best matches your needs.

Integrated skills modules

You will be placed in a class according to the information you gave in your pre-registration (for more information).


Levels: Complete beginner to C2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods):

  • Beginner to A2: 2 periods in a group and 2 periods in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning (1 of which in ‘free access’) per week
  • A2/B1 to B2: 2 periods in a group and 1 period in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning per week
  • B2/C1 to C2: 2 periods in a group per week

Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Specific skills modules

Learning outcomes

  • Communicate simply and informally with one’s colleagues about topics of professional interest
  • Communicate and interact in the professional field, especially by telephone (planning a trip, reserving a room and organising a meeting)
  • Understand simple written communication (bills, emails, internal memos, user manuals, IT support etc.)
  • Write short, simple emails and letters, following the standard conventions and using appropriate vocabulary (orders and complaints, requests for information, invoices etc.)

Level required: from A2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Learning outcomes

  • To express oneself clearly without too much hesitation, and demonstrate the ability to self-correct when speaking in a sustained manner
  • To write a simple, well-structured and reasonably-accurate text
  • To express oneself using vocabulary appropriate for most familiar topics or those in relation with daily life
  • To apply reading strategies in order to understand a general-interest, work-related or academic text
  • To understand the main points of a general-interest oral presentation when standard language is used

Level required: from B1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group and 1 period in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Learning outcomes

  • Initiate, maintain and end a conversation or discussion, and know how to get or keep the floor
  • Exchange detailed information on topics of general interest or within my field of interest
  • Account for and sustain my opinions in a discussion by providing explanations, arguments and comments
  • Compare different points of view and politely express agreement or disagreement
  • Give a short, well-structured talk

Level required: from B1/B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Learning outcomes

  • To interact and argue in German, using German, French and English texts
  • To understand extended speech in different fields when standard language is used
  • To read and develop an academic argument from multilingual sources of economic, scientific or general interest
  • To write a structured, formal or argumentative text of a certain length multilingual sources
  • To make use of independent learning strategies, especially research techniques for finding tools necessary to an understanding of the subject

Level required: from B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Levels: Complete beginner to C2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods):

  • Beginner to A2: 2 periods in a group and 2 periods in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning (1 of which in ‘free access’) per week
  • A2/B1 to B2: 2 periods in a group and 1 period in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning per week
  • B2/C1 to C2: 2 periods in a group per week

Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Exam option modules

We offer preparation for the Goethe-Zertifikat exams.

Learning outomes

  • To express one’s ideas and opinions, defend one’s point of view and present a topic of general interest
  • To understand both the gist and detail of rather complex texts of general interest; to extract and note down specific information from a telephone conversation
  • To read rather complex texts for both gist and detail, highlighting specific information, and determining the common themes
  • To write a persuasive essay on a general interest topic adapted for a specific audience, demonstrating a command of the written language
  • To become familiar with certain aspects of Germanic culture

Level required: B2 or C1 depending on the intended exam (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): Preparation for these examinations is included in the integrated skills module of the relevant level.


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


For additional information: Please consult the following website: Das Goethe-Institut Prüfungszentrum der Universität Lausanne or Goethe Institute


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Intensive modules

Integrated skills modules

Dates: from 3 to 7 February 2020


Duration of module: 1 week, 6 periods per day (from 8:30 to 14:30)


Registration: from 15 November to 13 December 2019


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Dates: from 17 to 28 August 2020


Duration of module: 2 weeks, 4 periods per day (from 08:30 to 12:00)


Registration: from 15 April to 22 May 2020


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Exam option modules

Preparation for the Goethe-Zertifikat – various levels

Guided autonomy with tutor

This type of independent study provides the opportunity to:

  • learn in a manner adapted to one’s personal needs
  • use tools to analyse those needs, plan objectives and assess one’s progress
  • become familiar with new learning strategies and find appropriate material

It is designed for students at A1/A2 or above and consists of:

  • 3 interviews per semester (1st and 3rd interview: 60 minutes; 2nd interview: 30 minutes)
  • 2 periods per week in the Multimedia Centre (1 registered period and 1 free-access period)
  • personal work (agreed on with the tutor in accordance with your personal objectives)

Pedagogical support includes:

  • the 3 interviews, which serve to set up a study plan in accordance with your personal objectives and to provide both an intermediate and final assessment of your progress
  • access to teacher input during the registered session in the Multimedia Centre
  • registration to a Moodle platform (for all practical information)
  • online back-up via the PlurieL website and/or email contact with your tutor

Although some of the tasks can be completed at home, those requiring access to multimedia material have to be done in the Multimedia Centre. (Room CE 2 347)

Learning through guided autonomy is an individual process. The role of your tutor is to guide you when planning and managing your study within the structure of the module.


Level required: from A1/A2 (Description)


Duration of module: 12 weeks per semester


Periods in the Multimedia Centre: opportunity to choose from a large number of EMA periods


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Independent learning - no registration required

Timetables of the Multimedia Centre (EMA) in free access and location

In order to continue your language study independently, the Language Centre offers, on an almost daily basis, free-access periods in the Multimedia Centre. You can:

  • go freely (without an appointment)
  • benefit from the resources which have been specially devised for independent language learning
  • easily find learning activities which correspond to your level and needs
  • make use of information and tools in order to better manage your learning through free acces.

Someone is present to help you understand how the room works and how to find printed materials.


Tandems are organised and set up within the framework of the Tandem Program of the Arts Faculty/EFLE.

  • Tandem is two people of different mother tongues who meet regularly to teach each other their respective languages
  • Objective: to progress independently in a language, not only by language training but also by cultural discoveries
  • The two partners agree to a specific period of time and choose the pace, meeting place and content of their language learning.

Tandem is a good way of supplementing free access periods in the Multimedia Centre.